Gun control is something that has gotten way out of hand. The laws are not strict enough. Too many innocent lives are taken due to carelessness. Guns are being used for the wrong reasons, and something has got to be done in defense. This is a serious problem in society that needs to be solved.
Strict gun control laws ought to reduce the number of crimes committed with guns and would save lives in return. People who are considered unreliable for obtaining a firearm should be forbidden from attaining one. Unreliable meaning no one with a criminal record should be able to attain a gun. No other than the police, the military, and people with special needs for acquiring a high-risk gun (easy to use) should be permitted to purchase one. Gun control must be taken more seriously.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, each year in the United States, more than 35,000 people are killed by guns a death rate much higher than in any other industrial nation. Attacks involving a gun are five times more likely to result in a death than similar attacks with a knife. In 1992, guns were the weapons used in two-thirds of all murders in the United States. These statistics should make anyone think twice about acquiring a firearm for self-defense, et cetera. It wouldnít be too nice to come home and see your child lying in a pool of their own blood. Nine out of ten parents reported they would not let their child visit or play in a home if they knew it had a loaded gun that was not locked away. The fact that the gun was in the house for self-defense would not suffice as an acceptable excuse. According to the General Police Commission, guns kept in the home for self-protection are 43 times more likely to kill someone you know than to kill in self-defense.
Opponents of gun restriction argue that those taking guns from law-abiding citizens would not prevent the possession of guns by criminals. Despite this controversy, some localities and states have laws that stringently restrict private ownership of guns. Also, those who oppose restrictions on gun ownership find support in the Second Amendment (A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.) and believe that it should be interpreted to guarantee citizens free access to firearms. However, the courts have never struck down a gun control law because of this provision, in part because they have interpreted the Second Amendment as applying only to militia weapons; nonetheless, the Second Amendment has been an important part of the debate.
Amendment or not, guns are not toys. They shouldnít just be laying around where wondering eyes can get to them. Guns play too much of a role in the deaths caused every year. People should wake up and realize that strict gun control laws must be passed. You canít wait until a loved one is part of the statistics.